Spring Plant Care

Gardening season is right around the corner and there are things you can and should be doing now.  Home and Garden Expert Larry Pfarr joins us with spring care for both indoor and outdoor plants.


  1. Repot and transplant house plants
  • Upgrade just one pot size
  • Use potting soil
  1. Fertilize
  • Now through Labor Day
  • Don’t need to fertilize year round
  • Mix fertilizers at ½ strength and use every other watering
  1. Time for houseplants to get a spring bath
  • Place plants in the shower and wash off leaves
  • Clean houseplants can photosynthesize better
  1. Wait until Memorial Day to move houseplants outdoors for the summer


  1. Plant cool season or cool weather crops now
  • Flowers include pansies and snapdragons
  • Veggies include cabbage, cauliflower, kale and broccoli
  1. Warm season crops
  • The key to success with these (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and all the vine crops) is patience!
  • Important to look at soil temps an not just rely on air temps
  • You can plant at soil temps of 60 degrees but ideal temps are 65-70 degrees.

Larry’s Thoughts:  gardening is like a never-ending classroom, you will always be learning.  Each and every year will have successes and failures.  No two years are ever alike.

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